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Poland Toughens Wind-Farm Rules in Push to Save Coal Industry

  • Lawmakers seek to stall expansion of new renewable capacity
  • Parliament drops proposals that would boost maintenance costs

Poland’s parliament approved a bill that introduces extra requirements for building wind parks as the country aims to curb the booming industry in a bid to help prop up its loss-making coal industry.

The governing Law & Justice party bill forces new turbines to be located further away from homes, a rule that developers have said would halt some new projects after a record expansion of wind energy last year. Lawmakers removed regulations for detailed audits and more technical supervision over the turbines, which would have increased costs for wind-park owners.